Thursday, August 30, 2012

CD Review: I Was Totally Destroying It And Kestrels Push Out New Music

From Durham, NC come alternative rockers I Was Totally Destroying It with a new album entitled “Vexations.” The album was inspired by Stephen King’s book “The Dark Tower” and was co-produced by Joshua Cain (Motion City Soundtrack) and Ed Ackerman (The Replacements, The Jayhawks). This is the band’s fourth album and it was released on August 21 through Greyday Records.

The album begins with the up-tempo title track as lead singer Rachel Hirsh vocals draw a strong comparison to Sheryl Crow. Fellow vocalist John Booker takes over the reins on “Hello, Salty Ghost” as the music takes on a moody, more atmospheric feeling, but the harmonies between the two is just outstanding. The pulsating beat of “The Prisoner” gives the song a nineties-alternative vibe, similar to The Cranberries before updating their sound with the addition of keyboards on “My Internal Din.” The band brings up the great grungy guitar sound on “Dust Up New Perpetuum Mobile,” then closes the album with the dance beat of “Seasonal Low.”

I Was Totally Destroying It has a jam packed tour schedule for the next couple months, including a string of dates along the east coast with Motion City Soundtrack, Jukebox The Ghost and Now Now. For more information on the new album and for a complete list of tour dates, please visit iwtdi.com.

From north of the border comes the falcon named band Kestrels with a new album entitled “A Ghost History.” This guitar-driven release begins right away with the fuzzed out guitar sound of “Drowning Girl.” The band attacks their instruments with the punk-like “Dumb Angel” as they perfectly capture that rough, garage-rock atmosphere with their music. The band tries to expand their sound with the moody bass-heavy “Islands” before diving back to their comfort zone with “The Light” and “Decoder.” The album closes with the experimental sounds of “Lose” and the punk-pop of “The Past Resets.”

Kestrels just wrapped up a short, seven-date U.S. tour and will be heading out on the road in Canada in mid-September. For more information, please visit kestrels.ca.

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